“A VIRTUOUS WOMAN IS A BUSINESSWOMAN,” IS A MANTRA OF TERA CARISSA HODGES, A CORPORATE CONSULTANT AND SPIRITUAL THOUGHT LEADER. SHE SHARES A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR THE OFFICE.” ESSENCE MAGAZINE.
Ranisha: You are so inspiring I know you encourage women of all ages to press pass their pain and live their best life. What have been a challenge for you when it comes to helping women? How did you overcome it?
Tera Carissa: Sometimes, women can be guarded when it comes to receiving advice from another woman. If she is not open to receive, wants to maintain a certain image, etc., a woman can attack the messenger or try to discount the message to feel better about needing the message to begin with. It’s a defensive tactic to protect her ego that’s rooted in pride. We have to be careful with that. Learn how to embrace the truth no matter who it is coming from or how you feel about it. Feelings are designed to protect you where you are. They do not grow you to where you need to be. You can overcome the desire to shun good advice by looking at your life and asking: Am I genuinely happy? Am I where I want to be? Can I make any improvements? Will the advice I am hearing help me to improve? When the desire to be better becomes greater than the desire to be right, progress can be made.
Ranisha: When women come to you without having a career and want to get ahead in life. What would be your advice to women with no education?
Tera Carissa: It’s never too late to invest in an education for yourself. Training will always be needed. Choose a path you have a passion for and get busy. It’s better to get started now than later.
Ranisha: I’m a big fan of women in scripture. I want to ask you. What did Esther have to do to take her career to the next level? What women in scripture can we learn from?
Tera Carissa: I won’t speak on Esther, as scripture does not reveal her as having a career. However, the Proverbs 31 woman had a career, and multiple streams of income, as revealed in that proverb. The key to getting to the next level is having a passion for what you are doing, being consistent and persistent, being creative, and being bold.
Ranisha: You have it going on from having your Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism, broadcasting live on Top 20 radio markets, featured on “INSTINCT” the book by Bishop T.D. Jakes teleconference, invites from all over the world, appearances in Essence Magazine and much more. Is there something on your list that you haven’t done and want to work on in the near future?
Tera Carissa: Truly humbled. To God Be The Glory! Readers may be surprised to know I am completing my educational requirements now to become a college professor later. It’s always been a goal of mine to teach on the collegiate level in my 40s, after having made a name for myself in my 30s. Additionally, I think readers may be surprised to know the number of businesses I am invested in, work, etc. I think it’s so important to have multiple streams of income. There was a period in my life a few years ago, where I could not work like I wanted to due to health. Now that I can, I do. I am making up for loss time and enjoying every minute of it.
Ranisha: How do you find time for yourself to unwind and relax from your busy schedule? (Is there something you do)
Tera Carissa: I make time for myself. I schedule myself in like I do everyone else. My mom says all the time: “Tera, if something happened to you today, the world would find someone else to receive from tomorrow. Take care of you.” So, I do! I make it a point to enjoy life.
Ranisha: Tera you give the opportunity to dialogue and answer questions directly through your Life Now Coaching. Have anyone asked for your covering or to study under you and your ministries? Is that something you offer?
Tera Carissa: Yes! All the time. I offer mentoring programs. But, that’s the extent at this time.
Ranisha: Do you have any advice for Faith based bloggers like myself who want to turn blogging into a career for God’s purpose?
Tera Carissa: Think globally! Don’t just compete for the “black” church crowd. There are believers of all ages, races, denominations, etc. Find your niche and work it, develop it, and grow it, while growing you. As you evolve, the people you will reach will evolve too.
I want to say thank you for your time and I pray this help me and women from all walks find the path for that narrow road we are supposed to be on.
I come to you now THANKING YOU FOR BLESSING ME with the opportunity to provide for myself. I recognize my job as a resource, while YOU ARE THE SOURCE. I admit I am imperfect and may not always follow the instructions You have given me. Please forgive me and STRENGTHEN ME I am seeking not only to have FAITH IN YOU but also to be a light for you even in my workplace.
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